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Scots make statement with 48-20 win at Britt

Posted September 23

Scotland's Tymere Graham tries to break through Jack Britt's defensive covereage during their game at Jack Britt September 22, 2017. [Melissa Sue Gerrits/The Fayetteville Observer]

— Zamir White, Scotland’s Georgia-bound running back, said the Fighting Scots had an agenda when they came to Jack Britt on Friday.

“We wanted to make a statement,” White said. “We wanted to come in here and win.”

They only needed a half to do it. The Scots left Britt with a 48-20 win after laying the foundation with a 35-0 start in the first quarter.

The Scots scored on offense, defense and special teams in building a 48-13 halftime lead.

The victory gives Scotland (3-1) a 1-0 start in the new Sandhills Athletic 4-A Conference, a league made up of all of the old Southeastern members, plus Britt and Seventy-First. Scotland won the SEC title the last six years, and Scots coach Richard Bailey is looking for that trend to continue under the SAC-8 name.

“It’s a new league, but we want everybody to know that hopefully it’s going to be the same ol’, same ol’,” Bailey said.

The Scots’ fast start meant a short night for White and several other offensive starters, as Bailey sat most of his skill position players for the entire second half. White finished with 103 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, all in the first half.

Junior running back Syheam McQueen scored twice, totaling 98 yards on seven first-half carries.

Quarterback Warren Bell, who transferred from Westover to Scotland over the summer, also got to take the second half off. He ran the ball five times for 98 yards, including a 41-yard score.

Down five touchdowns to start the second quarter, the Buccaneers found their footing for a pair of touchdowns before halftime.

On both scores, quarterback Brennan Shortridge found receiver Barry Elliott outpacing a defender in one-on-one coverage, and the pair scored from 66 yards out and again from 36 yards out.

The scores kept the margin under 42 points, at which point a running clock would have been started, per NCHSAA rules.

After an 0-2 start to the season, Britt entered Friday’s game on a two-game winning streak. The Bucs slipped to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the SAC-8. Their effort earned the nod from Brian Randolph, who is in his first year as Britt head coach.

“Obviously, the score was out of control in the first half,” Randolph said. “Our guys in the second half, they didn’t give up. They didn’t quit. They came back focused and showed they were going to be resilient and fight through this.”

Staff writer Jaclyn Shambaugh can be reached at jshambaugh@fayobserver.com or 609-0651.

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